Vibrational Properties of a Two-Dimensional Silica Kagome Lattice

Torbjörn Björkman*, Viera Skakalova, Simon Kurasch, Ute Kaiser, Jannik C. Meyer, Jurgen H. Smet, Arkady V. Krasheninnikov

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Kagome lattices are structures possessing fascinating magnetic and vibrational properties, but in spite of a large body of theoretical work, experimental realizations and investigations of their dynamics are scarce. Using a combination of Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations, we study the vibrational properties of two-dimensional silica (2D-SiO2), which has a kagome lattice structure. We identify the signatures of crystalline and amorphous 2D-SiO2 structures in Raman spectra and show that, at finite temperatures, the stability of 2D-SiO2 lattice is strongly influenced by phonon-phonon interaction. Our results not only provide insights into the vibrational properties of 2D-SiO2 and kagome lattices in general but also suggest a quick nondestructive method to detect 2D-SiO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10929-10935
Number of pages7
JournalACS Nano
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • 2D materials
  • 2D silicon dioxide
  • anharmonicity
  • density functional theory
  • kagome
  • Raman spectroscopy

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    Björkman, T., Skakalova, V., Kurasch, S., Kaiser, U., Meyer, J. C., Smet, J. H., & Krasheninnikov, A. V. (2016). Vibrational Properties of a Two-Dimensional Silica Kagome Lattice. ACS Nano, 10(12), 10929-10935.